Official: Sorry for promoting Japanese cars

first_img“I deeply regret that our newsletter offended anyone, especially those Americans working in the automobile industry and the millions of people who make American automobile manufacturers successful,” said Joe Ellis, the Health and Human Services Department’s assistant secretary for administration and management. Some domestic automakers and Michigan’s 15 House members have complained about an Aug. 17 e-mail sent by the agency to its 67,000 employees asking them to consider a list of a dozen green cars – none built by Detroit-based companies. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., said the apology was accepted. “I think they got the message at HHS. They clearly admitted they were wrong,” he said. The list from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy did not include any vehicles from General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. or Chrysler LLC. All the cars were made by Japanese or South Korean automakers. Ellis said in a statement that the “newsletter highlighted vehicles not made by American manufacturers, thereby giving the impression that HHS was encouraging employees to buy foreign makes of cars.” “Nothing could be further from our intent.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! E-MAIL: U.S. makers weren’t on list sent to government workers. By Ken Thomas THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A Bush administration official apologized Thursday for a newsletter sent to thousands of government employees that encouraged them to consider fuel-efficient vehicles built by Japanese automakers. last_img read more

How to Set Up a Tethered Shoot with the Panasonic GH5

first_imgLooking for more tips and tricks? Check these out.Best Lenses for Gimbal CinematographyShould You Upgrade the Canon 7D to the 5D Mark IV?Shooting a Feature with an iPhone the Soderbergh WayFrame.io Announces Massive Updates to Its PlatformUsing 23.98 NTSC On The LUMIX GH5S in A PAL Region Need to tether your GH5 to your Mac or PC so you can view photos and videos in real time? Here’s how you do it using Lumix Tether.Last Fall, Panasonic released a much-awaited firmware update for the GH5. It introduced an abundance of new features, along with fixes for many issues that users were experiencing. One of the exciting additions to the camera was the ability to tether with a PC or Mac. If you’ve never heard of tethering, it’s just a way to directly connect the camera to the computer, so you can view your photos or videos in real-time. (It also allows you to make adjustments to your camera using the software.)You’ve more than likely seen this in use in a behind-the-scenes fashion shoot. Whether you use the GH5 for video only, or for both video and photography, I’m confident you’ll find a use for this feature. While there are countless tethering programs available on the market, we are only going to focus here on using the Lumix program.Getting The GH5 ReadyThe Lumix Tether software is free for both PCs and Macs, but before you install it, let’s get your camera ready.If you download the tether software and find that your GH5 isn’t connecting, it’s likely that you have the older firmware installed. But before you can install the update, you need a freshly formatted memory card and a full battery.Next, head to the Panasonic website to get the new firmware. With the firmware .exe downloaded, extract the GH5__V22.bin file to your desktop, so it’s ready to place onto your memory card.If both the memory card and the battery boxes are ticked, copy the GH5__V22. file into the main directory of the memory card, insert the memory card into your powered-down GH5, turn it on, and press the play button to initiate the update.I cannot count the number of times that I’ve failed at successfully following firmware update instructions, so if you too find these instructions cumbersome, you can watch the steps I listed above in action in the following video from Max Putnam. It’s important to note that the live view display doesn’t the feed at the same fps setting as the camera — at least not in this version. The feed probably peaks at around 15-18fps. Therefore, you’re not going to be able to use the PC as a secondary live monitor. However, having the software available and knowing how to use it is still an extra tool in your kit.Do you also use the GH5 for photography? You can check out how to tether-shoot for photography in the following video from Panasonic and James Schmelzer.center_img The SoftwareBefore you connect the GH5 to the PC, you need to change a setting on the camera, otherwise, your camera and PC will communicate as if you are only transferring media.First, head to the setup menu (fourth menu down), and on the second page, select USB Mode. There are four options:Select on connectionPC (Storage)PC (Tether)PictBridge(PTP)You’ll need to select PC (Tether). Alternatively, if you don’t have a card reader and usually transfer media via USB, you can choose Select on Connection, which brings up this menu whenever you connect to a PC.With the GH5 set up, it’s time to get to it.The GH5 comes with a USB-C to USB-3.0 cable that you can use for the software. However, it’s only one meter long, so it might be impractical for real-world tethering. I highly recommend TetherPro USB 3.0 cable.With the camera connected to your PC, and turned on, you can finally open the tether software. At first, you’ll see the tether remote control panel. Here, you can change most creative parameters on the camera. From the shutter speed to the metering mode — anything that you can adjust using the external function buttons on the GH5 will accept modifications from the control settings. There are also a few internal settings in the setup menus that you can adjust, such as resolution and file quality (when using the camera for stills).I use old manual Nikkors with my GH5. Therefore, the lens properties on the control panel will be greyed out in the screenshots. But if you want to check out how the Lumix Tether works with electronic lenses, there are a few demonstrations in the following video from 9to5Toys. You can click any area of the image to tell the camera to focus on that specific point.Before you start to use the tethered setup, you want to open the settings panel and adjust anything you need to for your project. The Storage Location setting is useful if you plan to capture the media directly to your PC. Of course, in case of data errors, it’s always best to save for both. It’s also worth noting that if you plan on capturing media directly to your PC, you still need a memory card in the GH5.With the settings completed, hit LV (Live View) to open the preview monitor. You may notice that if you use focus peaking or zebra patterning, those features also carry over into live view. However, other LCD camera properties, such as the grid and level gauge, do not carry over, and you have to turn them on manually using the buttons on the right-hand side.The software also lets you customize the parameters of the grid and guide lines — such as the thickness or number of the lines. Now, I’ve used the tether software once on a job, and I’ve gone over this software with a fine-toothed comb in preparation for this write-up, and for the life of me, I cannot find a reset button.Therefore, if you play around with the grid and find that you can’t get it back to the original setting, to avoid uninstalling and then re-installing the software (like I did) here are the default settings:GridHorizontal Number: 2Vertical Number: 2Thickness: 2Color: #808080Display Diagonal Lines: Unchecked.GuidelinesVertical Direction 1: checked – 25%Vertical Direction 2: checked – 75%Horizontal Direction 1: checked – 25%Horizontal Direction 2: checked – 75%Thickness 2Color: #0080fflast_img read more

Shakespeare and Sports

first_imgWilliam Shakespeare has contributed a great deal to the English language, but sports? The illustrious playwright might seem superficially unconnected to the realm of sports, but in fact, “he’s the cleanup hitter of the English language, the sultan of sonnet and song” according to Associated Press sports writer Fred Lief.William Shakespeare died 400 years ago Saturday, an anniversary marked across the “sceptered isle” and across the pond. And sports, like much else, is in Shakespeare’s debt.Games clearly were part of his works, and of his age. Fencing and archery — still fixtures on the Olympic roster — were popular in Elizabethan England.Then again, so was bear baiting, an amusement of the day in which a bear was tethered to a stake and set upon by dogs to the delirious howls of spectators. It was a big favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. Four centuries down the road, mixed-martial artists enter the cage for combat, and our Elizabethan ancestors do not seem all that far away.Shakespeare’s voice echoes across our games, and with the Run for the Roses coming up, every Kentucky Derby owner stands in league with King Richard III when he cries, “A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!”The Bard’s words would find a home today in arenas and on the field, in press boxes and online. He might not have imagined the money-besotted spectacle of the World Cup, but he surely knew better than anyone that all the world’s a stage.Were he tapping on his laptop today, Shakespeare no doubt would look on the toxic mess that is FIFA, and proclaim as he does in “Measure for Measure”: “I have seen corruption boil and bubble till it o’errun the stew.”Shakespeare worked at the Globe Theatre, in the same city where Chelsea now plays and tries to make sense of a soccer season gone all wrong in defense of its Premier League title. Team management, as the poet reminds in “Timon of Athens,” would readily acknowledge, “We have seen better days.”No one, of course, carries himself with the majesty of The Bard. Maybe the closest is Vin Scully. Now 88 and witness to so many seasons and games, Scully might well look out on the tableau of mountains and blue sky that is Dodger Stadium and “compare thee to a summer’s day.” Or maybe from his broadcast booth he would watch a runner going from first to third and speak, as Shakespeare did in “Cymbeline,” of “lads” who “like to run the country base.”“Stoolball” was played in Shakespeare’s day and may have been a forerunner to baseball. The poet never conjured the likes of Yaz and Big Papi — although they sound like characters lifted from his rollicking comedies — but perhaps in “Othello” he envisioned Fenway Park. Iago, like many an American League pitcher, was wary of “the green-eyed monster.”Shakespeare also spoke the language of football, with a namesake of sorts — Stanley Shakespeare played one season as a receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987. Blitzing linebackers everywhere can revel in a sack dance and think of Osric, who in “Hamlet” declares “a hit, a very palpable hit.” The NFL itself, from its place on the mountaintop of sports, can heed the words from “Henry IV, Part II” as it faces legal challenges over chronic brain injury: “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”And maybe it’s time to reconsider Cam Newton’s postgame Super Bowl news conference. Altogether sullen, with his hoodie pulled low, the defeated Carolina Panthers quarterback may well have been lost in the admonition from “King Henry the Fifth”: “Men of few words are the best men.”Across basketball, Shakespeare’s advice holds: Michigan State (“Beware the Ides of March.”); Philadelphia 76ers (“Nothing will come of nothing.”); Golden State Warriors (“Be not afraid of greatness.”).The anniversary of Shakespeare’s death — and scholars mostly agree he was also born on April 23 — is a good time to place his words beside two of the most celebrated figures in sports.Tiger Woods, were he to summon “Romeo and Juliet,” might be forced to agree: “For you and I are past our dancing days.” As for Derek Jeter, the Yankee great retired to his Florida palace by the sea, the line from “Macbeth” is uncontested. “I bear a charmed life.”The Olympics are less than four months away. Shakespeare, though not a member of the International Olympic Committee, understood the importance of keeping pace with preparations.“The game is afoot,” he writes in “King Henry the Fourth.”Organizers in Rio de Janeiro, like a monarch of yore, are beset on all fronts: befouled waters, a viral pestilence, a battered treasury, a besieged leader, an enraged populace.The Games are afoot. What’s to be?That is the question.FRED LIEF, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoRivaldo raps Barcelona for ignoring kids

first_imgRivaldo raps Barcelona for ignoring kidsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona star Rivaldo says management should focus more on their La Masia academy.Rivaldo believes the club’s young players deserve a better chance at making it.Asked about Jeison Murillo’s signing and the possible arrivals of Adrien Rabiot (PSG) and Frenkie De Jong (Ajax), Rivaldo said Barca “should look more at La Masia and less outside the club. Murillo arrived, they’re talking about Rabiot and De Jong… in my opinion the club doesn’t need to reinforce from outside. “They have an excellent structure and should focus on moving through new young talents.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Remains of four people found in charred vehicle in northern Ontario police

first_imgTIMMINS, Ont. – Police were continuing to investigate after the charred remains of four people were found Friday in a burnt-out car in Timmins, Ont., officials said Sunday, noting that they were not yet sure whether the person responsible was among those who died.A spokesman for the Timmins Police Service said the car, burnt so badly that police were not initially able to say whether it was blue or green, was discovered on Friday night.Marc Depatie said investigators don’t believe there is any danger to the community at large.“The Timmins Police Service wants to make it very clear that there is no need for public anxiety,” he said at a news conference Sunday. “Indications are this person had knowledge of and was familiar to the victims.”He noted that investigators have a good idea of who the victims might be, but are waiting for confirmation from a post-mortem examination in Toronto before releasing any information.Depatie said officers have already reached out to family members of the people believed to be the victims in an effort to brace them for the worst.Police also know who owned the burnt car, but said only that the person is from Timmins.Depatie said police are still on the scene of the incident south of Timmins and are collecting physical evidence at the site. What remains of the car, he said, was taken to Toronto for a thorough examination by forensic investigators.“We’re hoping that members of the public who may have seen the vehicle in that area or within the city of Timmins will come forward with information that can help determine a timeline leading up to the tragedy,” he said, adding that the city is grappling with the extent of the incident.“A loss of life of this gravity and magnitude is certainly out of the ordinary for the Timmins Police Service and the general area,” he said.“This is certainly a benchmark occurrence.”last_img read more

The Biggest Surprises Of WildCard Weekend

The Biggest Surprises Of WildCard Weekend

For all the effort that’s gone into developing sophisticated statistical measurements of football, it remains a highly unpredictable sport. As my buddy Chase Stuart once wrote about the NFL, “we don’t know anything and we never will.” And yet, while we may not know anything for certain, we’ve learned enough that from week to week, we can make sense of some of the chaos (though not all).With that in mind, let’s take a look at what transpired over wild-card weekend. How much did it differ from what the advanced stats would have predicted before the game? Some outcomes were easy to see coming; others illustrated just how little we can predict about a single NFL game.What the stats saw comingThe Chiefs ran the ball all over the Texans. KC came into its game against Houston with the league’s top rushing attack according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric, and the Texans boasted a decent but not great rushing D during the regular season. So it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise that the Chiefs ran for 141 yards during their 30-0 annihilation of the Texans. The Chiefs destroyed Houston on special teams. Special teams play is notoriously difficult to predict — and that’s at the season level, let alone in a single game. So although the league-worst Texans specialists were facing the seventh-ranked Chiefs, that should have granted only a razor-thin edge to KC. Instead, Kansas City’s special teams were worth almost a full touchdown by EPA on Saturday, giving KC the 18th-best playoff special teams performance of the past decade. KC’s passing game was good, not great. As well as Kansas City played in other phases of the game, its passing attack was not the most crucial element of its win. Alex Smith averaged 5.9 adjusted net yards per attempt against a team that allowed 5.4 during the regular season, so the Chiefs pretty much passed to expectations, despite the lopsided win. Minnesota’s run defense stuffed Seattle. The Seahawks get a little leeway here because they were playing on the road, in frigid conditions, with neither Thomas Rawls nor Marshawn Lynch. But they also had the NFL’s fourth-best rushing DVOA during the regular season — with a lot of the way paved by their offensive line — and they were facing a Vikings team that ranked 18th in rush defense. So it was extremely unlikely that they’d be held to 3.5 yards per carry and -5.9 expected points on the ground Sunday. Cincinnati’s special teams played well. The Bengals lost in excruciating fashion, but you can’t blame the special teams, which outplayed their Steeler counterparts by 1.2 expected points added (EPA) in the game. During the regular season, Cincy ranked ninth in special teams DVOA while Pittsburgh was dead-average — so in at least one regard, the game played out exactly as expected.The biggest surprisesHouston’s passing was horrific. The Texans ranked 22nd in passing DVOA during the regular season and the Chiefs had the NFL’s fifth-best defense against the pass, so this matchup looked lopsided before the opening toss. But Houston’s quarterback was Brian Hoyer, who had more passing success than the other three QBs the team used during the regular season. The hope was that the Texans would outplay their regular-season numbers; instead, Hoyer had the fourth-worst passing game in postseason history, an outcome no metric could have predicted. The Packers’ ground game delivered against Washington. For all the pregame chatter about Green Bay’s offensive struggles of late, the Pack ranked 10th in rushing efficiency during the regular season, closing the year with 100 or more yards in three of its final four games. Helping matters, Washington was the 11th-worst rushing D in football by DVOA. Sure enough, after 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground, Green Bay had run its way into the divisional round. Cincinnati’s passing game struggled badly. This comes with an injury-related asterisk as well: Cincinnati had the league’s best passing offense during the regular season, but most of that was done before quarterback Andy Dalton was injured. However, backup QB AJ McCarron had been doing a reasonable impersonation of Dalton down the regular-season stretch, and on Saturday, he was going up against an average Steeler pass D. If McCarron hadn’t helped Cincinnati post the 34th-worst playoff passing game of the past decade by EPA, Cincinnati’s defense wouldn’t have been put in a position to hold a 1-point lead on the game’s fateful final drive.One final note: These unlikely performances are also the most valuable. Of the 10 cases this weekend where a team added 5 or more expected points in a single phase of the game, all had less than a 30 percent probability of happening based on the teams’ regular-season numbers. Eight had a 15 percent chance or less of occurring; four had a 10 percent probability or less. Some of this can be attributed to randomness and game-to-game volatility, and some is due to individual matchups and planning.In other words, the performances that fuel victory are often also the toughest to see coming. And with the playoff field’s Super Bowl odds becoming more tightly bunched than ever this weekend, don’t expect that to change anytime soon.Read more: After Wild-Card Weekend, There Is No Super Bowl Favorite read more

Baseballs New Leadoff Hitters Dont Need To Be Speed Demons

Baseballs New Leadoff Hitters Dont Need To Be Speed Demons

1Carlos SantanaCLE86968946+0.18 10Kyle SchwarberCHC8959369+0.02 4Charlie BlackmonCOL80308683+0.14 RKNAMETEAMCONTACTWALKSISO. POWERRUNNINGRUNS PER GAME ADDED Reader Mail: Doubleheader hangover?Twitter follower Natalie Troxel asked: 9Dexter FowlerSTL36965991+0.02 Predicted runs per game added based on a regression between leadoff hitters’ percentile ranks in each category and team runs per game from 2002 to 2016.Source: FanGraphs Welcome to Full Count, our new(!) weekly baseball column. Have anything you want me to write about? Email or tweet me at [email protected] or @Neil_Paine.Rickey Henderson. Kenny Lofton. Ichiro Suzuki. Kyle Schwarber?Schwarber may not play exactly like those other great leadoff hitters, but he’s been at the front of the Cubs’ lineup in every game he’s played in so far this season, and he currently ranks third in MLB among leadoff hitters in on-base percentage and fourth in OPS. With numbers like those, he’s shaping up to easily replace departed No. 1 hitter Dexter Fowler, who signed a big contract to hit leadoff in St. Louis this past offseason.Schwarber personifies a strange new trend sweeping through lineup cards across baseball: The leadoff guy who bears no resemblance to a prototypical leadoff guy. This modern leadoff man hits for big power, isn’t afraid to strike out and rarely steals bases. He’s essentially a middle-of-the-lineup hitter who happens to hit first — the next rung on the evolutionary ladder of lineup construction.Traditionally, a top-of-the-order hitter was the master of small ball. He needed loads of speed, with a good batting average and maybe a good enough eye to draw some walks. Power was completely extraneous; in 1980, the average team got 46 steals and only 7 home runs from its leadoff slot. But then came Henderson, widely regarded as the greatest leadoff hitter ever. Henderson certainly swiped a lot of bags — he easily holds the all-time record — but he also held the record for walks before Barry Bonds came along, and he even bashed 297 career home runs. Henderson could do it all, and in the process he changed the idea of what a leadoff hitter could be.At the tail end of Henderson’s heyday, early adopters of sabermetrics confirmed that it was great to have walks and power at the top of the lineup. They were less sure about speed, though. Rather than trotting out speedy leadoff hitters who get thrown out stealing, the numbers suggested that teams should instead emphasize on-base percentage at the top of the lineup.In the mid-to-late 1990s, those two philosophies on leadoff hitters drove teams to sometimes ask traditional leadoff men to do more than they would have otherwise. Doug Glanville was one of those players who had speed but lacked power and patience.“I distinctly remember a lot of consistent pressure to be the guy that sees a lot of pitches, gets on base and takes the walk,” Glanville told me. He ended up having MLB’s 13th-most hits from the leadoff slot during the span of his playing career, but it wasn’t easy trying to be the leadoff man his era was starting to demand.“I wasn’t a big on-base [percentage] guy — I was more of a swing-and-contact guy who used my speed,” Glanville said. “I think the conversation during my time was about getting on base. I used to get stopped on the streets of Philadelphia — because Philly fans are no joke,” Glanville said. “They’d be like, ‘Hey, you gotta get on base more, man!’ And talk radio [said the same thing]. It was a constant struggle.”For all of Henderson’s influence, though, teams weren’t yet asking leadoff men to hit for power — if anything, they were discouraging it. “There was an emphasis on the type of swing and your approach,” Glanville told me. “You wanted to go the other way, be able to use the whole field, spray the [ball], hit the ball on the ground … I was a three-hole hitter in college, but early on I [realized] I’ve got to make this adjustment to use my speed, focus a lot more on contact and use the whole field.”But as statheads have proliferated throughout MLB front offices, the leadoff role has shifted even further from its traditional archetype. Teams now realize that it’s important to place their best hitters at the top of the order, giving more plate appearances to players who both get on base and slug the ball. (A team can also grease the wheels of offense slightly more by emphasizing on-base skills at leadoff and power in the No. 4 hole, with the top overall hitter slotting in at No. 2.)Even if we only go back to 2002,1That’s the earliest season of data available in FanGraphs.com’s splits leaderboard tool. we can see how the leadoff philosophy has changed: 2016 PERCENTILE 8Adam EatonWSN78613983+0.03 7Ian KinslerDET75297382+0.09 3Brian DozierMIN53609987+0.14 This deserves more research, but I took a quick first pass at it using our MLB Elo ratings, which account for the quality of each team in a given matchup, as well as the pitchers starting each game and other factors such as home-field advantage and travel distance.I collected that data for 4,277 pairs of doubleheader games during the expansion era (1961-present), and fed it into a regression that tried to predict the result of the second game of each double feature. And after controlling for those ordinary factors that go into the outcome of any game (team ratings, starters, etc.), the winner from earlier in the day didn’t have a statistically significant edge in the later game.In other words, although what happens in the daytime half of a doubleheader can affect lineup choices at night, it appears that (for all intents and purposes) the two halves of a twin billing can be treated like two independent games. 2A.J. PollockARI87547096+0.15 Today’s leadoff men draw more walks and hit for substantially more power than they did in previous generations — which, unsurprisingly, leads to better production (i.e., a higher on-base plus slugging rate) than in the past. But they’ve also changed how they approach each at-bat: Relative to overall trends in the game, leadoff hitters now launch more fly balls and hit to the opposite field less.Even that fabled top-of-the-order speed is on the decline, with leadoff men stealing 21 percent fewer bases per trip to first base (again, after adjusting for league average) than they did just 15 years earlier. Clearly, our mental image of a speedy slap-hitter leading off is as outdated as a 25 cent hot dog.But if our vision of the ideal leadoff hitter needs updating, who are today’s leadoff prototypes? Schwarber is a good guess — he showed a mix of power and patience as a rookie in 2015 (he missed practically all of 2016 with an injury), and speed is no longer as much of a requirement for the role. But he’s not perfect.To find out who is perfect, I ran a regression between a leadoff hitter’s playing attributes2Specifically, his seasonal percentile rank among all MLB hitters in strikeout rate, isolated power, walk rate, speed score and defensive WAR, over a sample that included the 2002 through 2016 campaigns, with more weight applied to recent seasons. and his team’s runs scored per game (adjusted for the stadium they were scored in). According to that, the ideal current leadoff man3Among current 2017 leadoff hitters, based on percentile grades from last season (or 2015 in the cases of Schwarber and A.J. Pollock, both of whom were injured in 2016). is Cleveland’s Carlos Santana. Leading off for the Tribe while splitting time between designated hitter, first base and right field, the 210-pound Santana doesn’t look like the traditional platonic ideal of a leadoff man, and he stole just 5 bases last season. But his peculiar blend of abilities — great contact skills, tons of walks and the power to drill 34 home runs — is associated with about 30 extra runs (or 3 more wins) over a 162-game season, tops of any leadoff man in baseball. The best leadoff hitters for the modern game 5Jean SeguraSEA85186693+0.10 6Jose ReyesNYM69526397+0.08 Of course, we could do even better if we set out to create a Frankenstein-style ultimate leadoff man for the modern game. Build a player with Dustin Pedroia’s supernatural ability to put bat on ball, Santana’s plate patience, Brian Dozier’s 40-homer power stroke and Dee Gordon’s blazing speed, and you’d have a leadoff hitter who’d add nearly 50 runs (or 5 wins) to his team’s ledger at the top of the lineup, relative to average.That player doesn’t really exist yet. (Trout doesn’t lead off for the Angels anymore, but even if he did, he wouldn’t quite be the perfect leadoff guy because he’s also “only” an average contact hitter.) But with the evolving role starting to favor players like Schwarber and Santana, it might only be a matter of time before the perfect combination of skills comes along — and that player has a manager willing to break with convention and pencil him in atop the lineup card.Upset of the week (according to our Elo ratings)Your browser does not support iframes.April 15: Pirates (31 percent) defeat Cubs. With Jake Arrieta (who at the time was ranked by Elo’s pitcher ratings as the 11th-best starter in baseball) leading the top-ranked Cubs at home against the No. 19 Pirates and Tyler Glasnow (the seventh-worst starter in MLB), Chicago appeared to have a big advantage over Pittsburgh. That edge only widened when the Cubs took a 6-2 lead into the sixth inning — FanGraphs gave Chicago a 92 percent chance of winning at the top of the frame. But the Pirates scored 5 seventh-inning runs, including a 3-run homer by Andrew McCutchen, off Brian Duensing and Pedro Strop, then held off the Cubs late to secure the improbable victory.TroutBeatMike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels isn’t merely the best player in baseball — he could very well finish his career on the short list of greatest players ever. He’s so consistently good that sometimes it’s easy to take him for granted. As a result, I’ll be using this column to drop occasional updates reminding us that we might be watching history being made in Anaheim.For our first TroutBeat, The Ringer writer (and my former colleague) Ben Lindbergh points out that last week Trout was already leading the American League in wins above replacement, a distinction he’s held in each of the past five seasons: read more

Frenkie De Jong so excited about playing with Messi

Frenkie De Jong so excited about playing with Messi

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong has revealed he’s buoyed by the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi.The Dutch midfielder completed a £65million move to the Catalan club on Wednesday but will spend the rest of the campaign on loan with former club Ajax Amsterdam.De Jong, who was wanted by top clubs across European football including Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain opted for the Spanish champions after visiting the Camp Nou.De Jong insists he spoke to other suitors about a potential move, but also revealed Messi wasn’t the only deciding factor about choosing Barcelona.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).For me that will be very special,’ said the Netherlands international, according to the Metro.“Everyone knows that I think he’s the best. But it has not been a decisive factor. That does not work.”“I also do not have to look at him as a kind of tourist. I’ll just be his teammate later.”last_img read more

Bahamian Aviation Law Expert Invited to Speak at Major Conference Says Best

Bahamian Aviation Law Expert Invited to Speak at Major Conference Says Best

first_img Recommended for you Bahamas to Feature Prominently at China Conference Callenders Lawyers to Attend Shanghai Wealth Planning Forum Related Items:Bahamas Maritime Authority and Ship Registry, Bahamian aviation law expert, Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, 15 Jul 2015 – A Bahamian aviation law expert who has been invited to address an international conference said today The Bahamas is moving in the right direction toward the launch of an international aircraft registry at a time when the industry is experiencing explosive growth and new ICAO regulations are likely to add impetus to the business of private jets. “The aviation industry, particularly the business jet division, is experiencing unparalleled growth. Each new aircraft that rolls off the assembly line has to be registered somewhere and The Bahamas, which is working toward establishing a registry, is an ideal jurisdiction,” explained Callenders law firm partner Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright. “Right now, there are more than 12,000 registered jets in the U.S. alone and other jurisdictions are doing unprecedented business. While we do not yet have the legal framework in place as do competitive jurisdictions, I feel that we are taking deliberate steps in the right direction.”It was just over three years ago that Boyer-Cartwright along with the Bahamas Financial Services Board met with government officials in an effort to revive interest in establishing an international registry. Such a registry was first proposed by the BFSB more than a decade before. Now Boyer-Cartwright is concerned that this country’s window of opportunity is closing.Other jurisdictions are reaping the benefits, said the leading proponent of an international registry that would do for aircraft what the Bahamas Maritime Authority and Ship Registry do for vessels.“Ireland, which was the original aircraft registry, just announced it has launched a separate register dedicated to business jets (prefix EJ). The Irish Aviation Authority is a top notch regulator and is a world leader in aircraft registration,” said the former commercial pilot who has been practicing law for more than 20 years. The benefits of Ireland and its EJ Registry are many, Cartwright believes, including high standards of regulatory oversight, lower insurance premiums, a well-established law base, finance and taxation expertise and Cape Town Convention compliance that provides asset security for financiers. “Isle of Man, which is the fastest growing aircraft registry in the world, just registered its 796th aircraft, according to its Director of Civil Aviation Simon Williams who made the announcement last month. At that same conference on June 25, he reported that Isle of Man registered five aircraft in one hour a few weeks earlier.”Boyer-Cartwright also cited an article he received today, July 14, written by a colleague, former Isle of Man Civil Aviation Director (Acting) Brian Johnson, who noted that new ICAO (aircraft regulatory body) and European regulations for the first time separate private jets from general aviation and as of August will impose even higher standards on third country registries – something, he said, that would provide an additional layer of security and comfort for owners and financiers. A Bahamian international aircraft registry would be part of a booming aviation sector that is reported to support 4.6 million jobs and generates $107 billion in revenue across Latin America and the Caribbean.Boyer-Cartwright has been invited to speak at the 5th Annual Offshore Aircraft Aeropodium Conference in Grand Cayman in October. In December 2013, he was invited to address a major conference in Aruba and in April 2014, he was a special guest speaker at the Caribbean Aviation Symposium in Panama.“I’d like to be able to update the conference on movement in The Bahamas – the creation of an independent Civil Aviation Authority, the status of the new radar installation, negotiations with the FAA over air space,” he said.“These are exciting times and the business is knocking at our doors. A registry could open up so many new economic avenues in financing, leasing, insurance, maintenance, repairs, providing opportunities not just for employment but for entrepreneurship. And the beauty of a registry is that it does not threaten or consume natural resources. It is all good and the aviation world is waiting for us to take our rightful place on the field. My goal is to see The Bahamas secure a foothold in this industry. I believe that this country can be as competent and competitive as the rest of the major players.”last_img read more

Nearly 200 elementary students in Chula Vista receive new bikes

Nearly 200 elementary students in Chula Vista receive new bikes

first_img Posted: December 12, 2018 December 12, 2018 Updated: 8:19 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI)- Nearly 200 elementary students at Harborside Elementary in Chula Vista got a wonderful surprise today, an early visit from Santa and a new bike!KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez has the details. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Nearly 200 elementary students in Chula Vista receive new bikes KUSI Newsroom last_img read more